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She smiles… because she finally found something that could be eaten from the dumps.

Old Lady, streets of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.


When I first saw this old lady sitting by the tree on the roadside, holding in her hand was a packet of white rice that she had just found from the dumps. I can see from across the road that her face is filled with contentment.

My tears came down as I felt for her. In my mind I was thinking, how will I feel if she is my mom? I often put myself in a person’s shoes to understand their situation. I think about how we often complain that we don’t have enough money... how we struggle and fight for position… and when will we say, “Stop! It is enough”.
It is the Lord that has shown me this old lady and that had changed my life to be contented.
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 1Timothy 6:6-11 (NKJV)
I wiped away my tears and took her picture.

Alex Soh, The Photographer